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Parliamentary questions
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1 December 2016
Question for written answer E-009141-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Edward Czesak (ECR)

 Subject:  Heart failure
 Answer in writing 

Heart failure is currently regarded as one of the most common diseases in our society, and complications from it are the most frequent cause of deaths. Symptoms of heart failure affect 15 million Europeans, and heart failure is the most frequent cause of hospitalisation in those over 65. Worrying trends indicate that without concerted prevention, heart frequency cases will increase by 25% by 2013. The data justifies taking action to build a common strategy to meet this challenge.

The risk and burden of heart failure can be significantly reduced through multidisciplinary care. Heart failure patients often do not receive quality care in accordance with recognised clinical guidelines. It is also important to support common actions to raise public awareness of the dangers posed by this disease. The analyses that have been carried out show that few governments have adopted national heart failure plans.

In this connection:
1. Does the Commission intend to take steps to support and encourage Member States to create comprehensive national plans to improve the current situation and to prevent worrying prognoses?
2. Does it intend to create a Europe-wide strategy to support public awareness, patient advocacy, and exchange of research and best practices as regards heart failure?
3. Does the Commission intend to take specific steps to support the training of healthcare professionals on heart failure?
Original language of question: PL 
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